It is nowadays the fashion among the prowling gangs of elitist liberal intellectual mafia (ELIM) to bad mouth the BJP, RSS, VHS and other such reputed outfits for their inordinate pride in the glories of ancient India founded on their conviction of its having been technologically the most advanced. The ELIM traduced them for stating that Lord Ganesa was living testimony to the phenomenal advances made in ancient times in plastic surgery. ELIM also pounced on some BJP stalwarts for their statements on the well-organised air transport even in the days of the Ramayan some 10,000 years ago. For instance, Valmiki, no less, has clearly documented how Ravan carried Sita in his plane to Lanka. Likewise, after slaying Ravan in battle, Rama not only takes Sita and his entourage in the Pushpaka Viman back to Ayodhya, but points to them famous landmarks, cities, rivers, mountains and so on from the plane. Which is convincing proof of the highly evolved navigational aids, including, one can be sure, GPS as well, in his time.
Actually, when Sugriva sends his vanar search parties all over the continent to find out the whereabouts of Sita, he gives to the leader of each party detailed descriptions of the countries and kingdoms they would see. From this it is clear that knowledge of geography and topography, derived from cartography, was both profound and prolific in the era of Rama Himself.
There has been some dispute whether Guglielmo Marconi was the real inventor of wireless telegraphy. In fact, this issue has been long settled, and conclusively, by Indian archaeologists leading to clinching evidence that wireless too had its origin in India. For all their furious and frantic excavations all over the country thousands of feet deep into the sacred earth, they founf nary a single bit of wire of any length.
Let us come to Thiruvalluvar whom Western Indologists, out of spite, fix at some 300 BC, but he must have lived and composed his 1330 Thirukkural couplets many centuries before then. Every Tamil schoolboy is by now familiar with his mention of the rifle (thuppaakki) in the 12th couplet occurring in chapter 2.
It is evident from the same documentary source, that cell phones too were widely in use in Thiruvalluvar’s time. Not only were they in use, but the traffic was so very dense and heavy that people were uncontrollably incensed by garbled transmission, disconnections and the like, just as we are these days (so much so that, at home, most of us discard the cell and use only landlines). Thiruvalluvar was concerned that this intense indignation and attendant tension at the non-performance of the cell phones might lead to blood pressure, strokes, multiple sclerosis and even amiyotrophic lateral sclerosis. So, very considerately and compassionately, he advises cell users to take it calmly and not get angry with the cell, “with whatever else they might get angry”. (Couplet 301, chapter 31) The explanation of commentators of the latter clause is that people didn’t use any other thing 24X7 as they did the cell, and so they must specially desist from getting angry with the cell, if they cared for their health.
OK, for want of space, I skip millennia and quickly come to Kamban, the great Tamil poet, whose Ramayanam is timeless in its conception and content. Do you know, you wanton, wilful ELIM denigrators of ancient India, that cars were common place even in Rama’s time? What greater substantiation of this can there be than that provided by Kamban? Indeed, cars were so commonplace that Valmiki doesn’t even mention them, whereas Kamban, with his eye for detail, refers to them in one of the many stanzas describing the arrival of invitees to the wedding of Rama with Sita at Janaka’s palace. While noting the various modes of transport — palanquins, chariots, even vandis (ordinary carts) — he unerringly spots the arrival of some in cars. You can see indisputable corroboration of this in stanza 1278 in Ayodhya Kanda of Kamba Ramayanam.
Thiruvalluvar’s reference to cell is nothing surprising when we find from Kamban that there were many brands of cell phones even in Rama’s times. Again, by then, they were so widespread that Valmiki doesn’t consider it necessary to talk about them, just as we do not talk about the things around us that we take for granted. But Kamban is of a different stuff: He seems to have had a premonition of the emergence of ELIM at some future date and, therefore, wants to leave impeccable record of everything. Of the many brands existing in Rama’s times, one brand seems to have had the dominant, if not monopolistic, market share. Both Rama and Sita were sold (pardon the pun) on the brand as is clearly established by Kamban’s observation in stanza 596 in which he irrefutably says “annalum Nokia, avaLum Nokia” that is, both Rama and Sita had Nokia. (All editions wrongly print the brand name as “Nokkinaal” because of the unfamiliarity of the printers with modern brand names.) Some media anchors, just to jack up their TRP ratings, have started a media trial of Kamban, insinuating that Nokia had paid huge sums to Kamban for giving them prominence in his Ramayanam. This is as preposterous and monstrous as imputing any such motive to Rahul Gandhi for his mention of Fair and Lovely in his speech in the Lok Sabha.
These are just a few, cursory examples to show how advanced India was as far back as in Rama’s days. I hope ELIM gets the message and puts a stop to their vile calumny.